High Court Orders Notice to MP Shobha Karandlaje on Poll Expenses
Bengaluru: The Karnataka high court has ordered issuance of an immediate notice to Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha member Shobha Karandlaje in connection with an election petition.
The court’s single-judge bench presided over by Justice S Abdul Nazeer, issued the order while hearing a writ petition filed by Anup Kumar Shetty of Neelavara in Udupi district.
Advocate A V Nishant, who argued for the petitioner, said that Shobha had contested as the BJP candidate from the said constituency in the last LS election in 2014.
But she had failed to submit to the CEC the full details of the expenses incurred by her from the day of the announcement of the elections until the announcement of the results.
As such, Shetty had complained to the CEC under the provisions of the People’s Representation Act 1951, Section 10, and sought her disqualification on December 19, 2014.
But the Commission had not taken any action. Hence he pleaded to the court that the CEC be directed to act in the matter.
Taking cognizance of the issue, the court ordered that the MP be made a respondent in the case and that she be issued a notice.
The hearing has been adjourned for two weeks.